How to Set Up Screen Time for Kids on iPhone

Parents are more anxious about their child’s safety today. Whether it’s the ubiquitous presence of graphic images and videos, harmful websites with objectionable content, or sketchy apps and games with questionable track records, your kid is constantly exposed to significant dangers. When you combine these dangers with smartphone addiction, your duty as a responsible parent becomes even more important. The good news is that Apple has created a powerful parental control suite called “Screen Time” that you can use to protect your child from inappropriate information and keep track of their activities with the appropriate controls. This blog explains to its readers the various steps involved to set up screen time on iPhone.

What is Apple’s Screen Time Feature and How Does It Work?


Screen Time, which was introduced in iOS 12 , is intended to provide you with precise information on your device usage. It gives a better approach to track progress and identify areas that require immediate attention with fully customized weekly reports. Apple allows you to establish a distinct Screen Time profile for your child on your iPhone and iPad for added management. You can even designate another family member as a parent/guardian to make it easier to monitor your child’s device usage.

As a guardian, you may establish daily time limits for different app categories such as entertainment, education, games, and more, as well as build a unique plan for time away from the screen. It can go a long way toward assisting your child in overcoming his or her iPhone addiction. Screen Time also lets you set up a solid content and privacy restriction to keep filthy stuff at bay. With the newly launched Messages safety feature, you can establish communication boundaries to ensure your child doesn’t communicate with strangers and even impose restrictions on nude images and videos.

First, Create An Account For Your Kid

To begin, ensure that your child has an account. This child account will be part of your family until the youngster reaches the age of thirteen

Step 1: Open your iPhone’s Settings app and select your profile.


Step 2:  Select Family Sharing and tap on it.


Step 3:  Select Screen Time and tap on Create an Account for a Child. Then, to finish the process, follow the on-screen directions.


How To Set Up Screen Time On iPhone For Kids?

Step 1: Tap Screen Time in the Settings app on your iOS/iPadOS device.


Step 2: On the next screen, you’ll learn the basics about Screen Time. Select the Continue option to move to the next step.


Step 3: Tap This is My Child’s iPhone at the bottom of the screen.


Step 4:  Create a timetable for time away from the screen on the downtime screen. To continue, tap Set Downtime after you’ve customized the downtime.


Step 5: You can then establish daily time limitations for the app categories you’d like to manage. To access all of the categories, tap Show All Categories. After you’ve chosen your favorite categories, press Time Amount to set the time restriction followed by selecting Set App Limit.


Step 6:  Customize Screen Time’s content and privacy settings next by filtering explicit and mature content in the App Store, iTunes, Music, and websites. Tap “Continue” to move forward.

Step 7: You’ll now be requested to generate a Screen Time passcode, which you’ll need to give yourself more time and adjust the Screen Time settings. So, make a Screen Time passcode and then input your Apple ID/password to reset/recover it. To continue, tap OK in the top right corner.


How To Set Communication Limits For Your Child On An iPhone?

You can create communication boundaries to prevent your youngster from communicating with strangers or unknown persons. Limits apply to Phone, FaceTime, Messages, and iCloud contacts, among other things. And you’ll always be able to communicate with known emergency numbers that your network operator has identified.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to Screen Time.

Step 2: Tap your child’s name in the Family area, then click Communication Limits.


Step 3:  Finally, tap During Screen Time and input your passcode.

After that, you have the option of allowing communication with –

Contacts Only: Select Contacts Only if you want to communicate with people in your contacts one-on-one or in groups.

Groups and contacts with at least one contact: Select it to allow one-on-one talks with persons in your contacts exclusively, as well as group conversations with at least one person from your contacts.

Everyone: Choose it if you want to be able to communicate with anyone, including unknown numbers.


Step 4: Tap the back button in the top left corner of the screen once you’ve chosen your preferred choice.

Step 5:  Next, tap During Downtime -> enter your Screen Time passcode, and then select whether you want to communicate with only particular contacts or contacts and groups with at least one contact. Tap the back button in the top left corner of the screen once you’ve made your choice.

Step 6: Finally, you may opt to allow or deny contact editing and remotely control your child’s contacts. Close the setting once you’ve fine-tuned the communication limitations.

How To Enable the Kid’s Communication Safety Feature On iPhone

You can use the communication safety feature in iOS 15/iPadOS 15.2 or later to prevent your child from viewing and sharing nudity-containing images in the Messages app. The software maintains track of the kind of images sent/received when the Messages safety feature is enabled. If the messaging app detects that a kid has received or attempted to send obscene images, the photos are automatically blurred before being viewed on the child’s smartphone.

Step 1:  On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings -> Screen Time.

Step 2:  Scroll down and select the child for whom you wish to establish the message’s safety.

Step 3: Then, under Communication Safety, turn on the toggle switch next to Check for Sensitive Photos, and you’re good to go!

Bonus: Want To Curb Social Media Time On Android Device? Use Social Fever


It’s a fantastic Android software that allows users to monitor and control their social media and smartphone usage with just a few taps. Advanced algorithms have been built into the app to help you manage your time effectively and interact with real-life in the best way possible. It’s a terrific phone tracker with lots of useful features for fighting digital addiction. Here are some of its features:

  • Get a detailed breakdown of your phone’s and app’s usage.
  • A fantastic smartphone tracker with an easy-to-use interface.
  • It’s compatible with the most recent version of Android.
  • Can provide you with information on how to unlock and lock your phone.
  • You may use interest to strike a balance between your digital and real-life lives.
  • Get extensive information on how you’ve been using the app.
  • Reminders to drink water to keep hydrated.

The Final Word On How to Set Up Screen Time for Kids on iPhone

So there you have it! After you’ve personalized Screen Time for your child on your iOS device, go to Settings -> Screen Time -> See All Activity to keep track of their device usage. You can also make the necessary changes to app limits, downtime, content, and privacy controls based on your needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions-

Q.1. How do I control my child’s Screen Time on the iPhone?

You’ll see a report once you turn on Screen Time that shows how you use your device, apps, and websites. You can set up Screen Time and make settings on your child’s device, or you can utilize Family Sharing to configure your child’s device from your own. You can use Family Sharing to view reports and alter settings from your device after you’ve set up your child’s device.

Q.2. Can kids bypass Screen Time on iPhone?

No, Kids cannot bypass Screen Time on the iPhone provided they do not know the passcode.

Q.3. Why can’t I see my child’s Screen Time activity?

Ascertain that your child’s device is running the most recent version of iOS, iPadOS, or macOS. On both smartphones, go to Settings and disable and activate Screen Time. On both devices, sign out and back into your iCloud accounts. Restart both of your devices.


  • comment_avtar
    How can i recover my lost screentime password? I forgot my screentime password. Please helo me recover it…

    2 years ago
    • comment_avtar
      Preeti Seth
      Hello Shashank, Thank you for trusting us. Regarding your question about recovering the lost screentime password, please note that you can reset your device’s Screen Time passcode. However, there seems to be no way to recover the lost password. To change your Screen Time passcode on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, follow these steps: 1. Ensure your device is updated to the latest version. If not, it should be at least iOS 13.4 or iPadOS 13.4 or later. 2. Go to Settings > Screen Time. 3. Tap Change Screen Time Passcode > then tap Change Screen Time Passcode again. 4. Tap Forgot Passcode? 5. Next, enter your Apple ID and password used to set up Screen Time passcode on your device. 6. Finally, enter a new Screen Time passcode, and re-enter it to confirm. On a Mac 1. Ensure your Mac is updated to macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later. 2. Click the Apple menu > System Preferences > Screen Time. 3. Go to Options in the lower-left corner > click Change Passcode > click Forgot Passcode. 4. Enter the Apple ID and password* you used to set up the Screen Time passcode. 5. Up next, enter the new Screen Time passcode > re-enter it to confirm. The above steps will help reset the Screen Time passcode. Note: If you have Share Across Devices enabled, the new Screen Time passcode will automatically update on those devices after you reset it. However, if you still have issues resetting your Screen Time passcode, you can contact Apple Support – at Additional Tip: If you’re using Family Sharing to manage a child’s account, passcode reset options won’t be available on their device. You will need to use the family organizer’s device to reset the Screen Time passcode for your child.

      2 years ago

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